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1st Semester

Two alternatives, depending on the student’s previous background
1 x 15 credits or 2 x 7,5 credits

Alternative 1:
For students that do not have 90 credits in computer and system sciences, informatics or equivalent:

Supplementary course in Computer and Systems Science 15 credits

The course provides the basic knowledge to students, who have little or no previous education in the subject of computer and systems sciences. It gives knowledge, e.g. databases, programming, HCI, information security, computer networks. By completing the course, the students can continue their study at the master level at the department.

Alternative 2:
Elective courses 2 x 7,5 credits from these courses:

  • Advanced Requirements Engineering of IT-systems, 7,5 credits
  • Data Mining, 7,5 credits
  • Enterprise Computing and ERP Systems, 7,5 credits
  • Digital Forensics, 7,5 credits (highly recommended)

Mandatory courses 2 x 7,5 credits

Introduction to Information Security 7,5 credits

The course is primarily an introductory course that prepares students for advanced studies in the field of information security and digital security. The course therefore provides a general conceptual framework for the subject area and provide familiarity with the terminology that is relevant to the more specialised security and forensics courses offered by the department.

Scientific Communication and Research Methodology 7,5 credits

Computing as a discipline combines three academic traditions: the theoretical tradition, the scientific (experimental) tradition, and the engineering tradition.  Due to that combination, there is no clear methodological tradition in computer science.  This course introduces computer science students to the principles of scientific research: how to design, implement, and report a research study. The main focus of this course is in research design and reporting: students will learn how to align problem statement, aims, objectives, research questions, data collection and analysis, and reporting into a coherent and logically flowing whole.

2nd Semester

Mandatory courses 4 x 7,5 credits

Software Security 7,5 ECTS

You will learn: Principles for designing and building secure software and e-services.

Security lifecycle: models and processes
Standards, methods, and mechanisms
Software threats and vulnerabilities
Security of modern operating systems
Secure software design principles
Secure coding principles
Verification and validation

Information Security in Organisations 7,5 credits

You will learn: Best practices for managing information security in organisations.

  • Information assets, Information classification
  • Risk analysis
  • Security processes and controls
  • GAP-analysis, Policy
  • Marketing, awareness and education
  • Standards (ISO/IEC 27000-series)

Network Security 7,5 credits

The major emphasis is put on the Internet and network security, which includes some cryptography, threats and threat models, secrecy and privacy, message integrity, types of intrusion, packet sniffing, spoofing, authentication protocols, authorization, access control, secure services, IPSec, firewalls, and security incidents and responses.

Research Methodology for Computer and Systems Sciences 7,5 credits

Course deals with research strategies (case studies, experiments and survey), methods for data collection (questionnaires, interviews and observations) and software-based analysis (thematic, conversation and interaction analysis). Statistical and mathematical methods include descriptive and inferential statistics. Evaluation of data is included.


3rd Semester

Mandatory courses 4 x 7,5 credits or Exchange studies ​info regarding exchange studies

Cyber Forensics 7,5 credits

The curriculum addresses issues such as Internet-scale events behind the dynamic attacks of the information infrastructure, e-discovery that deals with the cyber readiness of various societal entities, the value and the abuse of social networks, the prevention of cyber crimes such as network intrusions, frauds, identity thefts, and the distortion and the violation of various democratic processes.

Cyber Security 7,5 credits

You will learn: Basic architectures, strategies, technologies and processes that can be applied to achieve cybersecurity and cyber resilience for internetworked information systems.

  • Cybersecurity and cyber resilience
  • Web and Web services security
  • Wireless security
  • E-Commerce security
  • Cloud Infrastructures, Internet of Things

Legal aspects of information security 7,5 credits

You will learn: Legal aspects of information security as it relates to societies, organisations and individuals.

  • Computer crime
  • Intellectual property rights, IPR
  • Electronic signatures
  • Data protection
  • National security protection

Information Security Project Management 7,5 credits

The course teaches you to understand and use basic methods and tools to manage projects. The course builds understanding of and provides guidance in the project's different parts - from feasibility studies and specification of demands to follow-up.


4th Semester


Thesis work, 30 credits